I had to make a Powerpoint Presentation for my Teaching English Grammar class a while back. My computer doesn’t have Powerpoint because I bought it for $400 about seven years ago. To be fair, it was a great deal, but the price was kept low by skimping on the software – no Word, Excel, Photoshop, etc… There are free programs that do the same things as these, but if you have to email them to someone, or give a presentation that you saved on a thumb drive, sometimes you must have the real program. In lieu of stealing a pirated copy for free off of the internet like nearly anyone else who doesn’t feel like buying it would have done, I decided to just borrow a friend’s computer. Unfortunately, the only friend who was willing and able to let me borrow their computer for three hours was William, and his copy of Powerpoint is in Chinese. Guess how I spent my evening. It was inconvenient to make a Powerpoint on William’s computer, considering I couldn’t read anything and just had to guess what all the buttons went. However, it wasn’t impossible, and it made it a lot harder to complain about it being a nuisance considering that someone was nice enough to let me have their computer for three hours and I didn’t have any other options. Not being able to read the buttons probably only added about 20 minutes of time to the whole procedure. To be honest, it makes all that time we spent doinking around making Powerpoint presentations about nothing back in 7th grade seem almost worthwhile.
I also saved time by cutting corners on the stupid specials effects. The first choice was fine, and I only needed it sometimes. This was also a good time to satisfy my curiosity about how you can type on a computer in Chinese when the language has something like 6,000 characters and the standard keyboard has less than 6,000 buttons. William says they type in Pinyin, which basically means you type a simplified version of how the word sounds and the computer transcribes it into the insanely hard to remember Chinese character. Remember how super cool and smart predictive text for text messaging on phones was for like two years? It’s like that. Heckuva thing, really. And now your wisdom of the world has grown by one more interesting but ultimately un-useful fact. Computer techies, can you use this new and exciting bit of research for anything?